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Middle School

Middle School Students

A Supportive Community for Grades 5-8

Balancing Academics & Interpersonal Skills

In the BGA Middle School, we create an educational experience and learning environment that balances academics with the interpersonal skills needed for developing boys and girls of high character. We’ve curated a team who knows this age group and understands and cares for each one of our students, igniting their passions and encouraging them to play new sports, try new arts, and explore new interests. 

Education Elevated: A Voice in Learning

Education Elevated

Our faculty work with students to self-advocate and to further develop agency. The ability of our students to have a voice and choice in their learning is essential to their development of the critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to thrive in and to adapt to diverse environments.  Learn more about Education Elevated at BGA.

Dynamic Curriculum

BGA Middle School offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum that prepares students for the rigor of our Upper School. Students actively experience their education through project-based learning, and developmentally responsive practices proactively nurture individual student strengths and needs as we imagine and define personal excellence for each child.

Community and Character

With small classes and weekly advisory, we know each student well. We recognize their unique strengths and weaknesses, and the entire BGA team – teacher, coach, advisor, grade-level team leader, counselor, and dean – works together to challenge students to become the best version of themselves. 

Student Involvement

BGA understands teachable moments are everywhere, and we encourage our Middle School students to get involved and to explore their interests. We offer 30-plus clubs and organizations – chess club, student government, robotics club, rock band – and 13 athletic teams. Our fifth and sixth grade athletic teams operate on a no-cut policy, which allows students an opportunity to try their hand at any sport that interests them. 

True Independence

The independent school experience at Battle Ground Academy is just that — independent. We are bound neither by specific cultural or religious beliefs nor government mandate to teach in only one way. This type of independence results in meaningful curricula based on the needs of the individual learners in our classrooms.

With small classes, weekly advisory, and ample extracurricular offerings, every student at BGA is known—well.

Middle School Leadership

Patrick Snead

Patrick Snead

Head of Middle School
John Millard

John Millard

Assistant Head of Middle School, Middle School English, Upper School Boys Soccer
Rob Mitchell

Rob Mitchell

Middle School Athletic Director, Middle School History, Middle School Boys Soccer
Jeanna Reid

Jeanna Reid

Middle School Counselor

Middle School Administrative Team

Charles Carlisle

Charles Carlisle

Middle School Math, 6th Grade Team Leader, Volleyball Director
Dwayne Clemmons

Dwayne Clemmons

Middle School Technology Coordinator, Middle School Computer Science
Tina DeLaughter

Tina DeLaughter

Middle School Nurse, Director of Middle School Extended Care
Angela Gist-Dowlen

Angela Gist-Dowlen

Middle School English, Middle School DEI Coordinator
Virginia Henry

Virginia Henry

Middle School English, Middle School Curriculum Coordinator: Humanities, Middle School Soccer
Jama Keener

Jama Keener

Administrative Assistant to the Head of Middle School
Reney McAtee

Reney McAtee

Middle School Curriculum Coordinator: STEM and Mathematics
Christina Milon

Christina Milon

Middle School History and Middle School Community Service Coordinator
Crockett Rodriguez

Crockett Rodriguez

Middle and Upper School Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Middle School Girls Basketball
Ricky Rodriguez

Ricky Rodriguez

Middle School Learning Specialist
Betsy Taylor

Betsy Taylor

Middle School French, 8th Grade Team Leader
Tina Tutt

Tina Tutt

Middle School Theatre, 7th Grade Team Leader
Anne Vereen

Anne Vereen

Middle School History and Spanish, 5th Grade Team Leader, Middle School Tennis